Stewart Hagestad of Newport Beach didn’t win the U.S. Open in Sectional Qualifier at Newport Beach Country Club and Big Canyon Country Club in Newport Beach, but he made news anyway.
The 28-year-old Hagestad, who won the 2016 U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship, became the first amateur in 34 years to qualify for three straight U.S. Opens, equaling the feat of Jay Sigel of Berwyn, Pa., who did it in 1983-85.
The 119th U.S. Open will be played June 13-16 at Pebble Beach Golf Links.
Amateur Chun An Yu of Taiwan edged Hayden Shieh of Fremont and Richard Lee of Phoenix by one stroke to lead five players who qualified for the at Newport Beach CC Club and Big Canyon Country Club in Newport Beach.
Yu finished with a score of 64-67—131, 12-under-par, while Shieh finished at 67-65—132 and Lee wound up at 64-68—132.
Hagestad shot 68-66—134 to tie for fourth with Andreas Halvorsen of Norway, who wound up at 69-65—134.
At Woodmont Country Club in Rockville, Md., Joseph Bramlett of San Jose shot 71-72—142, 2-under to tie for third and earn one of four spots available. Billy Hurley III, a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis who plays on the PGA Tour, tied for medalist honors in this qualifying event with a score of 70-71—141.
Amateur Noah Norton of Chico tied for medalist honors by shooting 67-66—133, 11-under, to tie PGA Tour regular Ollie Schneiderjans, who totaled 68-65—133 at Hawks Ridge Golf Club in Ball Ground, Ga.
Amateur Collin Morikawa of La Canada Flintridge, who recently finished his career at Cal, earned one of 14 spots available by tying for seventh with a score of 71-66—137, 5-under, at Scioto Country Club and Brookside Golf and Country Club in Columbus, Ohio.
For complete results, visit https://www.usopen.com/qualifying/sectional.html